CAS:Russian curler guilty of doping violation

Arnold Nichols
February 23, 2018

The Olympic Athletics from Russian Federation team announce the opening of a criminal investigation into curler Alexander Krushelnitsky's positive drugs test.

The 25-year-old was one of the 168 athletes accepted to be part of the Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation team after Russia's Olympic Association was suspended from participating in Pyeongchang over state-sponsored doping at Sochi 2014.

Dozens of athletes from the country's team were banned from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea this month. "I believe that a hearing would be useless under the current rules", the Russian curler said.

At the PyeongChang Olympic Games, Krushelnitsky clinched the bronze in the mixed doubles event with his partner and wife Anastasia Bryzgalova.

The IOC in December determined that Russian athletes who proved they were clean would be allowed to compete as neutrals in the Games, in a team named the OAR.

Alexander Krushelnitsky (right) with his wife Anastasia Bryzgalova.

Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky will give back his 2018 Olympic bronze medal after he failed a doping test last week.

"One of these, is the payment of 15 million dollars for the development of worldwide doping systems, and coordination in this area between the IOC, (World Anti-Doping Agency) and global sports federations", the ROC said in a statement.

The International Olympic Committee is due to decide Saturday whether to formally reinstate the Russian team for the closing ceremony the following day.

Krushelnitckii reportedly accepted the court decision.

The Russian Olympic delegation said it could not explain how meldonium ended up in Krushelnitckii's body and that it was launching an investigation.

He said while he had not knowingly violated doping rules, it was pointless to contest the results. Previously, a report will be presented by "the implementation group" established by the IOC to oversee the behaviour of the athletes the Russian participant in the olympic games.

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